Arts Benicia’s mission is to stimulate, educate, and nurture cultural life in Benicia primarily through the visual arts. We provide exhibitions, education and opportunities to connect with the community in celebration of creativity. Find out more about Arts Benicia:
ARTS BENICIA PRESENTS A SPECIAL EXHIBITION
Arts Benicia presents Drop by Drop, A Brief History of Benicia Water through the Eyes of Its Artists, a group exhibition of artworks by Benicia artists, in joint partnership with and hosted by the Benicia Historical Museum.
The exhibition highlights the history of water in Benicia from its founding as a deep-water port in 1848 to its present-day identity as a waterfront town. The exhibition will explore sub-themes ranging from aesthetics and the exploration of our sense of place on the Carquinez Strait to the more critical observation of general water usage, public need, associated infrastructure developments, the effects of drought and flooding, and an eye toward future sustainability.
Participating artists: Nikki Basch-Davis, Carol Dalton, Larnie Fox, Bodil Fox, Linda Grebmeier, Marilyn Schaeffer, Lee Wilder Snider, and Stephen Schumm. Scott Zoog will create a “reimagined rain barrel,” which will be added later to the exhibition.
Drop by Drop is supported by a grant from the Benicia Community Sustainability Commission. Arts Benicia is grateful for the Commission’s generous support.
July 29 – August 27, 2017
Katharine Harmon, Juror
There has always been a mapping impulse in human consciousness. The map is the quintessential tool for charting human progress, collective knowledge, and personal experience. Maps establish boundaries and meanings. They are a source of discovery and use a specific language. They also provide windows into the unknown.
“Artists chart singular perceptions rather than assert any collective truth.” (Katharine Harmon) The artist map conveys personal territory, calling out to viewers, “I Am Here”. Art maps can be used for exploration of the personal, the political, or as a tool to investigate the experimental. Mapping as Source focuses on the many ways artists use or create maps for personal expression.
About Katharine Harmon: Katharine Harmon produces books that showcase the work of artists, photographers, and illustrators, and use engaging writing and graphic imagery to explain sometimes esoteric concepts. She is principal at Tributary Books in Seattle and author of “You Are Here, Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination”, “The Map as Art, Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography”.